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Olympic Spotlight: London Called, Trojans Answered

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Quite simply, this was the greatest Olympic Games in USC history.  Trojans set new school records by earning 12 golds and 25 total medals.

The 25 total medals were the most by an American university this year, while the 12 golds tied Stanford for the most at London 2012.  If USC athletes had competed as a country, they would have placed sixth in the gold medal standings and 11th in overall medals.

Felix-Triple-Gold.jpgThe Women of Troy led the way.  Both American swimmer Rebecca Soni (two golds and a silver in London) and sprinter Allyson Felix (three golds in London) tied Australian swimmer Murray Rose for the USC record of six career medals.

Felix now owns four Olympic gold medals, which ties swimmers Janet Evans, Lenny Krayzelburg, John Naber and Murray Rose and basketballer Lisa Leslie for the most ever by a Trojan.

(Photo of Felix via her Instagram)

And of course, the Olympics are always about stories of patriotism, passion and perseverance.

Bryshon Nellum, who was shot in the legs as a freshman at USC, fought all the way back to become America's top 400m runner and push Team USA to a silver medal alongside Trojan teammate Josh Mance in the 1600m relay.  Nellum will carry the United States flag around the Olympic Stadium in the closing ceremonies Sunday.

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USC is the home of Olympians and the shear numbers astound with 41 Trojans having participated at London 2012, which tied for the most by a university at London 2012. 

The updated all-time medal count stands at 287 (135 golds, 87 silvers and 65 bronzes), including at least one gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912.

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